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Hayden set to speak at UNT’s Kuehne series

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By Jenna Duncan / Staff Writer

Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency, will speak to a sold-out crowd Tuesday as the second speaker in the University of North Texas Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security.

The inaugural series began with a $300,000 donation by alum Ernie Kuehne to help the community understand issues of economics and cyber security, and to see that UNT is a leader in these fields, Kuehne said.

“North Texas is taking a bold step into becoming a research university, and these subject matters are where they can leverage the speaker series in order to get more opportunities with the public, and at the same time exhibit what we’re capable of doing,” he said.

While tickets to the event in Dallas on Tuesday are sold out, tickets for the final speech of the 2013-14 season are still on sale. Author and geopolitical analyst Robert Kaplan will speak May 6, and tickets are available at

For Hayden, this is an opportunity to help inform people about the whole truth and give context for national security measures, something that is sometimes left out of national conversations, he said.

“UNT’s got a wonderful track record and we’re in the midst, and maybe still in the first half, of a grand national discussion [about security],” Hayden said.

The timing for Hayden’s talk couldn’t be better, College of Arts & Sciences Dean Art Goven said.

“These are things that are in the news right now today, so we’re very fortunate to have a person of his stature, knowledge and background coming to address of the things that are in the headlines,” Goven said.

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